The Lexus RC was introduced as early as 2014. And since then it’s always been looking like a stunning ride to the untrained eye. But as it turns out, it’s been pretty large and losing charge. And that’s no good. Because that extra weight hits the road car’s performance hinders the motorsports efforts in the GT3 class. Within the Daytona 500, David Wilson from the Toyota Racing Development would have to wait a while for a dynamic next-gen Lexus coupe anticipating a focus on racing.
Lexus RC models are in need of a total overhaul with the weight.
The current RC road car was not developed with motorsports in mind—Wilson described the current RC F GT3 race car as an “afterthought.” This has compromised its on-track performance. The RC F is heavier than its GT3 competition and has a larger frontal area, increasing drag and hindering straight-line top speed. “What we’ve all come to learn is that’s not the way you bring a GT3 car to market,” Wilson explained. “Before you put your first line on paper, you decide you’re going to race that car and that shapes the design parameters, the performance parameters of that production car.”
Having learned that lesson, Wilson suggested that the next Lexus sports coupe will be developed from the outset with a motorsports intent. And while he stressed that no official announcement has been made, he hinted that the car will draw heavily from the Toyota GR GT3 concept seen earlier this year at the Tokyo Auto Salon. “It’s fairly safe to connect the dots and suggest that that could be a precursor to the next global GT3 car for Lexus,” Wilson acknowledged.